Model Peta Murgatroyd Is Showing Off Her Post-Baby Body To Prove That Nobody ‘Bounces Back’ Right After Giving Birth

Nobody really likes to talk about what happens to your body following pregnancy and birth. Most celebrity moms won’t even allow themselves to be seen in public until they’ve lost 20 pounds and reactivated their former six-pack abs. The whole thing makes giving birth seem like a terrible secret that everyone is supposed to ignore until all physical evidence of labor has been erased.

Fortunately, some moms are still keeping it real, despite their celebrity status. Model and Dancing With the Stars performer Peta Murgatroyd recently gave birth to her son, Shai Aleksander. A mere week after delivering Shai, Peta took an underwear selfie to remind all of her followers that the body isn’t some rubber band that magically snaps back into place after giving birth — regardless of how fit or athletic you are.

In the caption, Peta wrote:

Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most. The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it’s time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey.

This sort of honesty is a relief, considering that many magazine covers are ranting and rave about how the cover model “dropped all that baby weight” following her pregnancy. Even Jenna Dewan Tatum claimed that she “didn’t think much about losing weight” after the birth of her baby, but according to Us Weekly, “the 5-foot-3, size-0 Dewan Tatum … was in her skinny jeans and back on the set of Lifetime’s Witches of East End six weeks after giving birth.”

Which is great, but it also perpetuates a kind of a bullsh*t standard for women who have just pushed a baby out of their vagina.

So, just remember: baby weight happens to everybody, even models. It’s not something to feel ashamed of, and you shouldn’t feel pressured to lose it as soon as possible. After all, you now have a tiny human being to take care of, which is significantly more important than policing your body.

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